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US CT: Police Chief: Beware Of Synthetic Marijuana

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:00
Bristol Press, 07 Apr 2014 - BRISTOL - Brightly colored packages with names like "Bizarro," "Platinum" and "Juicy Herbs Marshmallow Root" are filled with material labeled incense, but police call it synthetic marijuana. "Just looking at the package and names of these things, it almost looks like candy," said Police Chief Thomas Grimaldi. "It says on it 'Not For Human Consumption.' For the marketers, and I use that word loosely, that's their way around it."

US OH: Marijuana Dealer Gets 6 Months In Jail For Probation

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:00
Norwalk Reflector, 07 Apr 2014 - Defendant Had Seven Positive Drug Screens Since Being Put On Probation In Late September 2011. An Erie County man convicted of selling marijuana was sentenced Monday to six months in jail for violating his probation.

US MI: Heroin Use, Deaths On The Rise

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:00
Morning Sun, 06 Apr 2014 - (AP) - Some states, including Michigan, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-toget prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what's happening in Michigan: The problem

US FL: OPED: Medical Marijuana On The Ballot Fraught With

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 06 Apr 2014 - In1939, Frank Capra made one of the most entertaining, important and enduring political movies of all time titled "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur. An essential part of the plot involved an immensely powerful and corrupt businessman by the name of "Jim Taylor" from Mr. Smith's fictional home state. "The Taylor Machine" in the movie continually manipulated a politician it had bought and paid for years earlier. Sadly, 75 years after the film premiered, many hard-working and honest Americans look at our nation's capital and even the state of Florida and understandably wonder if much has really changed.

US MI: Thousands Turn Out In Ann Arbor To Hail Marijuana

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:00
Morning Sun, 06 Apr 2014 - ANN ARBOR - Smoke hung over the crowd as thousands of people attended an annual pro-marijuana rally at the University of Michigan. The event's emcee, Adam Brook, asked, "How many of you have weed?" Thousands raised arms Saturday at the 43rd Hash Bash.

US: Heroin Spreads Misery

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:00
The News-Item, 06 Apr 2014 - 'We're All Paying' For This Scourge On a beautiful Sunday last October, Detective Dan Douglas stood in a suburban Minnesota home and looked downat a lifeless 20-year-old - a needle mark in his arm, a syringe in his pocket. It didn't take long for Douglas to realize that the man, fresh out of treatment, was his second heroin overdose that day.

US: Democratic Governors Resist Moves To Legalize Marijuana

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:00
The Day, 06 Apr 2014 - Los Angeles - California voters strongly favor legalizing marijuana. The state Democratic Party adopted a platform last month urging California to follow Colorado and Washington in ending marijuana prohibition. The state's lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, has called for legalizing the drug. But not Gov. Jerry Brown. "I think we ought to kind of watch and see how things go in Colorado," Brown, a Democrat, said curtly when asked the question as he was presenting his state budget this year.

US NJ: Clerk Suspended For Use Of Medical Pot Sues NJ Transit

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 05 Apr 2014 - NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A NJ Transit clerk who was suspended for using medical marijuana to treat his end-stage renal failure has sued the agency. The suit filed by Charlie Davis, 57, may be the first of its kind in New Jersey, where medical marijuana has been legally available since 2012.

US FL: Business Rush Now Beginning For Legal-Marijuana Money

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 07 Apr 2014 - If medical marijuana becomes legal in Florida, someone is going to make money from it. Already, a crowd of would-be investors and entrepreneurs is forming on the ground floor. Since last summer, more than 60 businesses have incorporated in Florida with names suggesting the founders intend to get into the medical marijuana business, and the vast majority filed incorporation papers just in the past two months.

US: Despite Support In Party, Democratic Governors Resist

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 06 Apr 2014 - LOS ANGELES - California voters strongly favor legalizing marijuana. The state Democratic Party adopted a platform last month urging California to follow Colorado and Washington in ending marijuana prohibition. The state's lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, has called for legalizing the drug. But not Gov. Jerry Brown. "I think we ought to kind of watch and see how things go in Colorado," Mr. Brown, a Democrat, said curtly when asked the question as he was presenting his state budget this year.

US NC: In Durham, One Woman's Struggle With Heroin Addiction

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 07:00
News & Observer, 06 Apr 2014 - DURHAM - Heroin may be a new drug for some who are switching from prescription painkillers. It is not new to April Elizabeth. Elizabeth, 32, is a heroin addict. She grew up in East Durham in a family ravaged by drugs a father she described as a raging alcoholic, a mother hooked on prescription pills and an older brother whose addiction to crack keeps him in and out of prison. At her request, The News & Observer agreed not to use her full name.

US CO: Airport Clarifies Marijuana Rules

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 07:00
Telluride Daily Planet, 06 Apr 2014 - Marijuana Has Been A Tricky Issue At Airports Across The State The Telluride Regional Airport Authority has decided to handle the issue of marijuana at the airport with an advisement to passengers.

US MO: Curtman Keeps Pushing For More Drug Court Funding

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 07:00
Missourian, 06 Apr 2014 - State Rep. Paul Curtman's attempt to get an additional $7 million added to the state's drug court program was unsuccessful in the Missouri House, but he plans to keep up the effort. The Missouri House passed its version of the budget without the additional funding that Curtman proposed.

US ND: Heroin Use On The Rise In North Dakota

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 07:00
Bismarck Tribune, 06 Apr 2014 - BISMARCK, N.D. - Once thought by North Dakotans to be only a big city drug, heroin sales and use are increasing in the state, authorities say. U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon called the spike in heroin use in North Dakota "new and disturbing." He said it's the result of the abuse of prescription painkillers, a growing population and drug trafficking operations that are primarily targeting the state's rich oil patch region. "When you have an increased population with a lot of money, it's a more desirable market for drug dealers to move into," Purdon said. "They follow the money."

US OK: Addressing Teen Drug Use

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 07:00
The Claremore Daily Progress, 06 Apr 2014 - Report Shows Wide Gap Between Number Of Youth With Substance Abuse Problems And Those Receiving Treatment CLAREMORE - When Daniel Morris saw a picture of a local drug bust in the news recently, something heartbreaking stood out to him about the people in the image: they looked so young.

Canada: Column: Oil Sands Haven't Heard The Last Of Random

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 04 Apr 2014 - The oil sands have long had a reputation for being a tough place to work. Employees, mostly male, are often bunked in work camps in the middle of nowhere, away from friends and family for weeks at a time. Tales of drug and alcohol abuse have abounded for years. An entire mythology has been constructed around the belief that workers routinely drink and take drugs on the job, then resume operating some of the most dangerous equipment on the planet. But how real is that image?

Canada: Up In Smoke: Injunction Burns Budding Medical-Pot

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 03 Apr 2014 - Ottawa's introduction of a medical marijuana strategy last summer was supposed to relieve some anxiety. Patients facing debilitating diseases would have wider access to cannabis produced in safe, regulated environments. Enforcement officials wouldn't have to worry as much about pot going out the back door of grow-ops to criminal elements, and insurance companies wouldn't have to grapple with house fires brought on by inexperienced growers who place too much faith in their electricity outlets. But a temporary federal injunction last month has rocked the cradle of a nascent industry, a dozen or so companies licensed to sell medical marijuana to about 38,000 patients who face debilitating issues as varied as spinal-cord injuries, Parkinson's disease and cancer. By April 1, around 24,000 marijuana growers were obliged to destroy around a total of 3.5 million plants, which in turn would have created a relatively huge base of customers who needed to buy marijuana elsewhere. The injunction, which Ottawa is appealing, put an end to that. Patients who have valid licences through September 30, 2013, can keep cultivating provided they keep no more than 150 grams of dried pot.

CN BC: Woman Gets $500 After Police Search

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 07:00
Nelson Star, 04 Apr 2014 - Woman Gets $500 After Police Search Although he rejected most of her arguments, a judge has ordered the City of Nelson to pay a woman $500 in damages over a police search conducted almost five years ago.

US CA: Two Border Drug Tunnels Are Elaborate, Sophisticated

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 05 Apr 2014 - The two new tunnels discovered this past week along the San Diego-Mexico border mark the sixth and seventh cross-border passages that authorities have located in the last four years. Officials have found more than 80 tunnels from California to Arizona since 2006. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in San Diego announced the discovery of the two new drug-smuggling tunnels Friday, calling them sophisticated and elaborate.

US MI: Heroin Use, Deaths In Michigan Are On The Rise

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:00
Detroit Free Press, 05 Apr 2014 - Some states, including Michigan, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what's happening in Michigan: